Mozilla Thunderbird may deliver to the community

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Technology - Software
Monday, 09 July 2012 23:21

Thunderbird is one of the most powerful email clients that can be found as an alternative to Microsoft Outlook and also can be customized thanks to its huge collection of extensions available with additional features to add multiple. This project of free software had been fairly well among users seeking an alternative to Microsoft both personal and corporate level, but on Friday we are talking about a decision you have taken Mozilla (in charge of managing the project ) leaving Thunderbird in a situation somewhat complicated: Mozilla is looking for a new governance model for the community to take charge of the development of Thunderbird and so focus on other projects.


Apparently, Thunderbird is no longer a priority project for the Foundation on challenges such as Mozilla Firefox or mobile operating system OS Firefox . The idea is to focus resources in these new projects Mozilla and "lethargic" the development of Thunderbird to leave the project in a stable state and release only, security updates and patches (but not new versions). Mozilla will release a final version in November, Thunderbird ESR (Extended Support Released) to be a year of support and, from there, a little more know about the future of the project. It seems that the future will involve the community by but until you pass the summer will not know the new direction of the project, which is currently open to suggestions and input from the community.

While Thunderbird is not dead, and hopefully this will not happen ever, and we know we have a new version in November that year will support, it is worth discuss alternatives to the project to bring to the table so that, should the project will not have to return to Microsoft Outlook (if you work with Windows or Mac OS).


SeaMonkey is a project that offers a comprehensive suite of Internet-related applications (browser, email, web page editor and an IRC client) from a holistic point of view and the idea that we do not have to install multiple applications. The project is governed by a community of developers and users through The SeaMonkey Council and has the support of the Mozilla Foundation, which inherited the project infrastructure code and Mozilla Suite when it chose to focus on Firefox and Thunderbird.

Since 2005 Mozilla announced the cessation of the project Mozilla Suite, SeaMonkey project be created and hurl version 1.0 January 30, 2006, the project has grown and evolved to launch the latest stable version of the project, version 2.10. 1 , on June 16 and a beta 5 version 2.11 last week. The project, which is probably tending toward the Thunderbird in the future, to drink as much of the origins of Firefox and Thunderbird, has much in common with such projects Mozilla and, indeed, we may also supplement their functions with a number extension (which also housed in Mozilla walk)


While Thunderbird is a desktop mail client, the Google mail service, Gmail also offers the ability to access emails from other accounts and suppliers if they offer us access via POP . Depending on the volume of messages we handle, you could be of interest to insert in our Gmail inbox messages from other accounts to handle and, therefore, to centralize all our activity within a single inbox.

Using Gmail POP access can receive mails from other accounts directly and without revising various services or applications and, thanks to the large space available in Gmail, the problems of space will no longer be a problem and we will gain in availability of access to emails. The setup is pretty simple, thanks to the folders and filters, we can keep in order the messages.

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Opera Mail

The browser Opera also offers an alternative to Microsoft Outlook to manage our emails: Opera Mail . The alternative Opera is quite interesting because it is integrated into the browser, offers users a comprehensive solution for communications and navigation ( without having to install multiple applications).

Among the most interesting aspects of Opera Mail can highlight its powerful search engine (with multiple search options), optimize the information that catches our attention (highlighting or silencing message threads that do not interest us much), apply filters on attachments ( to quickly locate files) or "smart views" learning from our use to show relevant information.

Zimbra Desktop

Zimbra Desktop is a desktop mail client (developed by Zimbra project VMWare) with which we can access our messages on both Windows , Linux or Mac . Logically, this desktop client can configure our email accounts (both POP and IMAP) and also use the application to manage the activity of our accounts on services like Facebook or manage our schedules of contacts and calendars, including the ability to sync with online services like Google Contacts and Google Calendar events.